Cheesecake Factory to open in Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- The Cheesecake Factory is set to open on Tuesday, September 17 at 11 a.m. at Butler Town Center.

Waiters and chefs were preparing for the grand opening on Thursday by serving to customers during a mock luncheon.

The restaurant hired about 300 staff members from over 4,800 applicants.

“It's really important and cements the Gainesville market as being a market to considered," said Mary Reichardt, the Director of Marketing for Butler Enterprises. "That consideration has made it possible for us to speak to their retailers that enjoy following a Cheesecake Factory and going in next to them.”

The restaurant has more than 250 menu items and more than 50 signature cheesecakes and desserts.